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Many Online Charter Schools Fail to Graduate Even Half of Their Students on Time

If you're a student attending a virtual charter high school, the chances are pretty high that the majority of your classmates are not going to earn a diploma on time, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds. (April 18, 2019)

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Two Indiana online charter schools that have been under federal investigation over allegations of padding their enrollments inappropriately paid nearly $86 million to companies linked to the schools' founder or his associates, according to a new state audit report.
February 13, 2020 – AP
There's long been debate over religious charter schools in a corner of the school choice advocacy world. A closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case shows why.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
In a case from Montana, conservative justices suggested they were inclined to rule for parents who seek to reinstate a state tax credit funding scholarships for use at religious schools.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
A pair of new studies find that, when given a choice, white parents tend to send their children to schools that are predominantly white.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Legislators in New Hampshire turned down $46 million in federal charter school grants, concerned about continued costs once the money ran out.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
School quality isn’t always the primary driver of parent decisionmaking. So what is?
January 8, 2020 – Education Week
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
December 18, 2019 – Education Week
Dig into what two leading Democratic presidential candidates have to say in their platforms about charter schools with Education Week's detailed analysis.
November 18, 2019 – Education Week
Ron DeSantis had a thin record on K-12 issues as a Florida congressman, but as a first-term Republican governor he’s pushed an aggressive agenda on issues such as vouchers, teacher salaries and bonus pay, and even the common core.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
The education secretary has been pushing the theme of "educational freedom," a rebranding that suggests options like mixing and matching components to build an educational experience from scratch.
October 2, 2019 – Education Week

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